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BearWhisperer
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04/16/2024 01:57PM  
Hello fellow tree hangers. I am attempting my first trip to the BW in a hammock and I have not yet found a good solution for a footprint or floor mat to go underneath the hammock. I could just cut up a small tarp, but I wanted to see if any of you hammock veterans have a better suggestion.

Thanks!
 
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04/16/2024 03:05PM  
A piece of Tyvek with some rocks to hold it in place.
 
04/16/2024 03:41PM  
So far- pine needles, dirt, leaves, and the occasional stray pine cone. I'm not yet convinced I need anything more.
 
Tryin
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04/16/2024 06:13PM  
I got one of these free with a pad purchase. I use it for my hammock, a tablecloth, a cover for a clothes line, whatever. Packs up small enough to go in a day pack for emergencies.

https://klymit.gathroutdoors.com/products/roamer-throw-tarp
 
shouldertripper
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04/16/2024 07:16PM  
 
OCDave
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04/16/2024 08:22PM  
Tyvek; my piece is about is about 5' x 7'. It is bigger than I need but I like the extra size and it doubles as a foot print for my TarpTent Stratospire 2 when I need to sleep on the ground. I carry the tyvek in an external pocket on my pack and spread it out any time I need a ground cloth, picnic blanket, foot mat, etc.

I gave my first piece of Tyvek to a fellow hiker about a decade ago. I have been using my current piece for the past 10 years. It doesn't wear out.
 
RickyBHangin
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04/16/2024 08:37PM  
I use a DD hammock magic carpet. Works great and packs small. Magic Carpet
 
Sparkeh
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04/17/2024 05:48AM  
Tyvek

Here is a trick to make the tyvek quiet because fresh tyvek is very loud when moving it about. Put it in the washing machine with cold water for a cycle then tumble dry with some tennis balls.

Makes it soft and quiet.

If they make a colored tyvek I would get that because the normal white gets stained from dirt, leaves and such.

I have also used this method to make an emergency bivy sack for my winter sleeping bag with tyvek and double sided carpet tape.
 
04/17/2024 06:22AM  
I use the footprint from my Big Agnes tent. It’s light weight and easy to stake out.
 
04/17/2024 08:08AM  
I’ve used an old pack liner. It’s very thick somewhat clear plastic that I cut into a rectangle. It works great, cleans easily and very light. If I had to guess I would say it’s 5 or 6 mil plastic. And then I put rocks on the corners. My 2 packs on top hold the back of the sheet down so usually 2 rocks is all I use.

I also habe an old Sierra West rain poncho from the early 80s to cover things if need be. This poncho has many uses. I store firewood under it, I can line the bottom of the canoe when out gathering wood and it can carry a bunch of sticks, wood etc. from canoe to campsite.
 
scotttimm
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04/17/2024 09:38AM  
Nothing goes under my hammock, because I don't want to pee on any of my stuff during the night...which, in my mind, is one of the top 3 perks of sleeping in a hammock, lol. Strategic shoe placement is important!
 
04/17/2024 09:44AM  




Just a piece of plastic and a foot mat that someone left at the hockey rink.



Tony
 
BearWhisperer
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04/17/2024 12:17PM  
Thank you, everyone!
 
BearWhisperer
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04/17/2024 12:19PM  
scotttimm: "Nothing goes under my hammock, because I don't want to pee on any of my stuff during the night...which, in my mind, is one of the top 3 perks of sleeping in a hammock, lol. Strategic shoe placement is important!"


Now this here is the real pro-tip!
 
04/17/2024 12:53PM  
Tony: "




Just a piece of plastic and a foot mat that someone left at the hockey rink.



Tony"


Go Bears!
 
hernfiry
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04/17/2024 01:39PM  
scotttimm: "Nothing goes under my hammock, because I don't want to pee on any of my stuff during the night...which, in my mind, is one of the top 3 perks of sleeping in a hammock, lol. Strategic shoe placement is important!"


I figured this out on the last few trips and it's amazing. I put all my gear slightly "forward" underneath on one side and then roll to the other and pee out when I need to. The downhill side, of course :)

All because I was too lazy to get up and go, and 3am me thought: "well, this is worth a try..."
 
scotttimm
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04/18/2024 09:43AM  
hernfiry: "
scotttimm: "Nothing goes under my hammock, because I don't want to pee on any of my stuff during the night...which, in my mind, is one of the top 3 perks of sleeping in a hammock, lol. Strategic shoe placement is important!"



I figured this out on the last few trips and it's amazing. I put all my gear slightly "forward" underneath on one side and then roll to the other and pee out when I need to. The downhill side, of course :)


All because I was too lazy to get up and go, and 3am me thought: "well, this is worth a try...""

Try doing it with a bottom-entry Hennessy Hammock. It takes some real mental gymnastics to convince yourself the entry is open and you're not peeing in your bed.
 
04/18/2024 10:19AM  
pee bottle and yes keep gear clear of a dumping point. I use a plastic bird feed sack and use my camp chair as a night stand.
 
pleflar
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04/18/2024 06:45PM  
Onewind sells a water resistant footprint that can be zipped up to store gear. I bought one a few months ago but haven't had the chance to properly test it yet. Will be taking it to the BWCAW in June but I can't attest to its functionality.

onewind footprint
 
Savage Voyageur
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04/18/2024 11:14PM  
I just spread my Duluth pack on the ground for a nice rug for stepping on. My CCS 12’x10’ tarp gives me plenty of dry area under my tarp. Never have had an issue. Just brush the pack off and go.
 
mgraber
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04/21/2024 03:01PM  
A1t2o: "A piece of Tyvek with some rocks to hold it in place."


Same here.
 
MarshallPrime
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04/22/2024 01:41PM  
Rock? Maybe pine needles if im lucky.
 
ryjanssen
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04/22/2024 02:19PM  
+1 for using my pack and camp chair.
 
BearWhisperer
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04/23/2024 10:04AM  
Thank you for all of the replies, everyone!

I ended up going with the Joey Sling by Kammok so I can keep a few items up off of the ground, in the event of heavy rains (early June trip).

Link below.

https://www.rei.com/product/149623/kammok-joey-gear-sling
 
04/28/2024 07:50AM  
A1t2o: "A piece of Tyvek with some rocks to hold it in place."

Ditto
 
04/28/2024 10:52AM  
BearWhisperer: "Thank you for all of the replies, everyone!


I ended up going with the Joey Sling by Kammok so I can keep a few items up off of the ground, in the event of heavy rains (early June trip).


Link below.


https://www.rei.com/product/149623/kammok-joey-gear-sling"

Sounds good, but be sure to also bring a ground cloth as well to have under your hammock so you can dress/undress while standing on it instead of the bare ground. This will help in keeping dirt/pine needles/etc. out of your hammock when you get in. I bring a 3'x4' pieces of sil-nylon. It packs very small and is pretty waterproof.

 
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